National Park Village 3948
One of Stray's most popular activities is the "Tongariro Crossing." This hike is 19.4kms through the Tongariro National Park, home to three active volcanoes!
The Crossing crosses the National Park’s scenically amazing volcanic plateau, complete with steaming craters. It is not to be taken lightly because of its remoteness, length and height above sea level (which makes for changeable weather). Your driver/guide will make sure that you are properly prepared by going through a checklist of what you need to take and ensuring you get suitable food supplies.
The summer crossing is unguided but there is a transport/concession fee. In winter, additional equipment and a guide are required for safety reasons, so the fee is higher.
You'll be transported to the start of the track and then picked up around 7-8 hours later from the other side of the mountain.
A reasonably good level of fitness is required.
Things to know about doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing:
- Distance: 19.4km
- Highest point: Red Crater – 1,886m
- Time to complete: 5.5 -7.5 hours (on average)
- No food or water is available once on the track, so pack accordingly.
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